JAMMU: Making his family proud, bringing laurels to the UT of J&K and adding multiple feathers to his cap, 15 years old Jammu boy Onkar Singh Batra, the recipient of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar is now on the path to reach out the stars.
Onkar has initiated a project to develop India’s First Open-Source Satellite namely ‘InQube’. InQube, which is a 1U CubeSat, is being developed under the banner of Paradox Sonic Space Research Agency, a Non-profit research organization founded by him.
Onkar is a 15 years old student who was recently conferred with the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar from President of India, Ram Nath Kovind for his accolades in theoretical science and web development. Onkar holds five world records, including one for being the World’s Youngest Web Developer at the age of seven. His interest in science and technology made him initiate an extraterrestrial project at such a young age of fifteen.
Meanwhile with the development of InQube, he has developed another small satellite simulator – ‘DemoSat-V1’. DemoSat is a one unit cube satellite simulator which is meant for classroom projects and can basically do everything that a normal satellite does. It measures 10x10x10cm and weighs less than 1 kg. It is equipped with a weather measurement system, a camera, an on-board computer and a camera which makes it more amazing.Regarding the benefits and use of the satellite he has developed, Onkar said that this satellite can be used for giving demonstrations in Schools and Universities. According to the family of Onkar, it was his father primarily who used to work on computers, when upcoming of computers just started in the region and Onkar would simply follow him around.
Later, when they saw his interest in the computers, they gave him a personal laptop to train himself in the field of science and technology, which reaped sweet fruits.
Moreover, when his parents found his interest in the field of literature they let him publish his debut book titled ‘When The Time Stops’ which led him to achieve the title of World’s Youngest Theoretical Author and this prestigious award.
Launch of the Satellite: ‘InQube, the orbital satellite is planned to be launched in 2022 onboard ISRO’s PSLV, I’m in continuous contact with the Department of Space through Dr. Jitendra Singh for processing launch and other facilitation activities,” Onkar said.